Saturday, August 08, 2009

The 2009 Tony Award For Best Musical Is Billy Elliot

Winner of 10 2009 Tony Awards,including Best Musical is Billy Elliot. The show which first premiered in the West End in March 2005 also won the Olivier Award for Best Musical. Being in the business that I am in we are often invited to see most of the new shows prior to opening. So when Billy Elliot began previews last October we as an office went to see the show. Well everybody except me. Somebody had to stay behind and answer the phones. Anyway as it turns out I didn't miss much as that was the night that the set broke down a record five times. I have to tell you that always puzzled me. Here was a show that had been running for 2 1/2 years in London with no problems. So you would think by the time they moved it to Broadway it would be running like a well oiled machine. Well after the fifth time they decided to stop the show altogether and invited everyone to come back and see it again. By then I had lost interest and didn't really care if I ever saw it. Well here we are almost a year later and I still haven't seen it. Oh well. I don't think Elton John is losing any sleep because some small time ticket broker hasn't seen his show yet. Look whether I see it or not Billy Elliot is here to stay. That is for sure. A show that continues to gross over a million dollars a week isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Who knows? Maybe I'll go see it someday. Or maybe not. Until next time theatre fans.

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